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Homan13PSU Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: July 12th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
AG Paintball Games (formerly associated with Pev's)
Hogback
Directions
to the Field:
Right off Route 15 just before the Loudoun/Prince William County border. You can't miss it.
Review: Do to no fault of their own I've been waiting for Pev's to open this field. Every time I drive down to Richmond to visit family I pass by it and the itch just kept growing as I would see more and more being done with the field. This past Saturday was my first chance to play.

Parking Lot
The parking lot is very nice, graded gravel with marked out spaces using railroad ties. The ties are set up in such a way that you can back up to it and have space to open the back of your car/truck to set things up as well as put a folding chair down as you are getting ready. There appears to be plenty of parking for daily play and as I understand it for larger tournaments players and spectators will have to be bussed in from elsewhere, luckily there are places within five minutes of the field so I do not see this being a problem.

Pro Shop/Rental/Check In
Pev's has a nice, covered patio area where you can check in, get your rental gear and air up. The patio also has several patio tables with plenty of chairs to sit down and relax and grab a bite to eat, or get out of the sun/heat. I forsee this space being a little small when the park is full, but I hand it to Pev's, the patio is very nice, and overlooks what will be another turf playing surface.

Fields
The field is still new, so as of Saturday there were only two fields set up and ready to play on. A Village field and a speedball field. I didn't get the exact count but there appears to be two grass fields being prepped for play as well as what looks to be another turf speedball field in the works. There also is a "rocks" field being put together with bunkers made of metal rebar covered and chicken wire and shotcrete as well as word of an actual woods field. While they may not have the amount of fields AG does Pev's does appear to have a nice mix of field type, which will be very nice.

I spent my whole day playing on the speedball course. This particular day it was set up X-Ball style, I believe someone said it was the MAO or Chicago set up, sorry for not remembering exactly. All I have to say is wow, the field is incredible. The field is cleaned up before play begins to get excess paint off the field, bunkers are inflated fully as well as being weighted down with water and staked into the ground. It would take a lot to move them. The surface is fast, and if you are a slider be ready to slide early, if you don't someone is going to have a stream of paint waiting for you on the other side. The turf appears to be anchored to the ground very well as I noticed zero bunching or moving of the surface, I had no issues what so ever playing in a pair of grass cleats.

Two tents with a water jug and trash can were also set up right next to the field entrance/exit players can use to stage.

Staff
For those of you that have played AG on a consistent basis you will recognize Marty. Marty was hired by Todd to manage the field and referee staff. I can say I was not dissapointed. Chrono station was set up nice and early and staffed so players did not have to rush to get their markers ready to go for the day. On the field refs were quick to make sure players had goggles on, and barrel covers on when needed. They did a great job of keeping the games going and getting players from the staging area to the field if they were playing. Calls were fair and I can't say I heard one complaint about any of the judges.

With a cost of $20 to play I find this very reasonable for the area. While it may not have the amount of fields AG does, the facilities (albeit new) are well maintained and bring a professional paintball atmosphere to the Northern Virginia area. I definitely see Pev's getting national level tournaments in on a yearly basis and I highly recommend this field.
 

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